A woman has been arrested for allegedly defrauding victims of millions of dollars.

Toronto police say 69-year-old Aleth Duell’s romance scam involved victims throughout the greater Toronto area.

Police allege that the BC woman posed as a man on social media and dating sites, where she established friendships and relationships with the victims. Dull then asked victims to loan or give him large sums of money with the promise of repayment, police say.

The victims would send money by wire or wire transfer, and were also asked to open separate bank accounts and give the bank information to Dull, according to investigators.

Dull used a variety of reasons for needing the money, including having his passport confiscated abroad, facing border problems or having to cover medical expenses, authorities report.

Dull asked victims for more and more money, eventually threatening them if they were unwilling to comply, police say.

Toronto police estimate that the victims were defrauded out of millions of dollars in the greater Toronto area alone. Police believe there may be more victims in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta.

On September 22, 2021, Dull was arrested and charged with fraud of more than $ 5,000 and money laundering.

Dull appeared in court on Tuesday.


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